Hot Take From Slate: ‘ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, sounds like a Republican candidate for president’

Posted by on May 21, 2015 at 7:30 am

How insane does someone have to be to come up with such incoherent nonsense?

One of the hot issues in the 2016 presidential election is how to deal with terror and slaughter in the name of Islam. President Obama and Hillary Clinton refuse to call such violence Islamic. They insist that Muslims are victims, not allies, of ISIS and al-Qaida.

The Republican candidates for president say this reluctance to associate Islam with jihadi violence is naïve, wimpy, and dangerous. “We need a commander in chief who will once and for all call it what it is, and that is that radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to us all,” says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Rick Santorum agrees: “Islam is an ideology. And we need to be honest about the American public about what the nature of our enemy really is.”

So the people who want to stop ISIS and destroy them are just like ISIS. See how easy this is?

The Republicans don’t just call the enemy Islamic. They criticize Clinton and Obama for preaching coexistence. At last weekend’s South Carolina Freedom Summit, they laughed off the Crusades and defended mockery of Islam. Carly Fiorina, a former Republican Senate nominee now running for president, demanded to know why Clinton has advocated “religious tolerance” and “the need to empathize with our enemies while Christians are being beheaded and crucified.”

So we can coexist with ISIS? Sure, sounds like a plan. Forget for a moment Obama has allowed ISIS to grow stronger by the day, and God only knows what Grandma Clinton has to think since she doesn’t do interviews. But GOP candidates are supposed to preach coexistence with the savage headchoppers? WTF is wrong with this guy?

Republicans who talk this way think they’re being tough. In reality, however, they’re aiding the enemy. They’re doing for ISIS what they did for al-Qaida: assisting its recruitment, social media, and political strategy. Rhetorically, ISIS and the GOP are in perfect harmony.

Sure, the guy who won’t lift a finger to stop ISIS and instead claims so-called “climate change” is a grave threat? Nah, he’s not a problem. It’s Republicans, dummy. This cat needs to put the crack pipe down.

Don’t take it from me. Take it from the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. On Thursday his media team released a speech in which the would-be caliph presents his views on Islam, tolerance, and sectarian violence. Baghdadi sounds like a Republican candidate for president.

Are any Republican candidates advocating throwing gays off rooftops, burning men alive and executing people en masse? Can someone please point to them?

The convergence of Republican rhetoric with jihadist propaganda isn’t new. It’s been building ever since George W. Bush left the White House. Liberated from presidential responsibility, Republicans degenerated into a party that uses Islam for domestic politics instead of thinking about how their words resonate overseas. That’s how they became backup singers for Osama Bin Laden. Now they’re working for Baghdadi. Remind me again who’s naïve.

We could argue liberals have much more in common with Islamists, who don’t tolerate any dissenting views and vow to crush their enemies. But that might sound crazy, right?



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3 Responses to “Hot Take From Slate: ‘ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, sounds like a Republican candidate for president’”

  1. Ray Van Dune on 22/22/15 at 10:20 am

    “Apparently, Santorum thinks the military is too careful in its selection and examination of targets.”

    Am I the only one who has noticed that with Obama doing the target selection, we never accidently hit wedding parties any more? Amazing.

  2. SDN on 22/22/15 at 11:21 am

    Not just insane — dishonest.

    And it is the dishonest that makes civil war necessary, inevitable, and even desirable.

    You cannot live in a society with people who are fundamentally untrustworthy.

  3. Darth Chipmunk on 22/22/15 at 12:25 pm

    And The Narrative continues. As the liberal worldview shatters, Climate Change and College Rape have achieved Litmus Test status for purity of thought while the Great Minds ignore Islam throwing gays off rooftops and beheading christians. After all, Dick Cheney has blood dripping from his teeth. Or something.